Newly published official publications from :
Westminster and the UK Government
Devolved governments and negotiations on the UK leaving the EU – “The role of the devolved administrations in Brexit preparation is as uncertain at the moment as the role of the Westminster Parliament, but the new Prime Minister has pledged that the devolved administrations will be involved in the Brexit preparations – the question is: how?“
Commons Library briefing: The UK’s points-based system for immigration – “The 2015 General Election and the recent EU referendum campaigns have renewed interest in the UK’s points-based system for immigration and comparable models in other countries, notably Australia.”
Brexit – implications for pensions – “The implications of Brexit for pensions are as yet unknown. This note brings together initial responses from relevant organisations.“
The European Union
Public perception of illicit tobacco trade – “The Eurobarometer survey (EBS 443) on the public perception of illicit tobacco trade was the first of its kind. The results show that EU citizens are concerned about the need to protect the revenues of Member States and the EU from the smuggling of cigarettes. It also reveals EU citizens’ clear view that the price is what attracts them to buy black market cigarettes yet the survey also suggests that knowledge about the link between organised crime and the illicit trade of tobacco is low. Finally, it reveals that the penetration of black market cigarettes is somewhat uneven in the EU with generally a higher penetration in Eastern Europe.”
She figures 2015 – “The She Figures 2015 is the ‘go-to’ document for anyone interested in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the current state of gender equality in research and innovation in the European Union. In addition to comparable statistics on women and men amongst PhD graduates, researchers and decision-makers it sheds light on differences in working conditions. It also presents for the first time the situation of men and women in scientific publications and patent applications, as well as the inclusion of the gender dimension in scientific articles. The She Figures was produced in close collaboration between the European Commission, Eurostat, the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation and Statistical Correspondents.”
Promotion of renewable energy sources in the EU – EU policies and Member State approaches : in-depth analysis – “The development of renewable energy sources (RES) is a priority for the European Union. One of the goals of the EU Energy Union strategy is making the EU the world leader in renewable energies. The Renewable Energy Directive sets national targets for all Member States, which remain free to decide how they support RES within the EU energy market rules. The Commission plans to revise the Renewable Energy Directive and other RES-related legislation in 2016. Renewables have a growing share in energy consumption in the EU. However, RES investments in Europe have fallen in recent years due to regulatory changes, economic slowdown and falling technology costs. The development of RES poses a number of technical and regulatory challenges, notably their integration into electricity grids and the sustainability of biofuels, and requires a market design that encourages investment while keeping costs under control. The European Parliament supports the growth of RES in the EU and has called for more ambitious targets. Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy is currently working on own-initiative reports on energy market design and on the renewable energy progress report.“
The Scottish Parliament and Government
Unconventional Gas: Frequently Asked Questions – “This briefing considers some of the issues surrounding the extraction of unconventional gas in Scotland, which is currently subject to a moratorium, and has attracted a significant amount of scrutiny in recent months.”
Judicial Review – “Judicial review is the process by which a court reviews a decision, act or failure to act by a public body or other official decision maker. It is only available where other effective remedies have been exhausted and where there is a recognised ground of challenge.
This briefing provides an introduction to this area of law in Scotland. It covers topics including who can bring an action for judicial review, what the grounds of judicial review are, and the remedies that can be awarded by the court if an action for judicial review is successful. It also considers recent policy developments relating to judicial review, including the important changes introduced by the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (asp 18).”
The Scottish Criminal Justice System: Legal & Administrative Arrangements – “This briefing is one of six covering various aspects of the Scottish criminal justice system. It looks at the basis of Scots criminal law, including consideration of devolved and reserved issues. It also outlines key administrative arrangements.
The other five briefings in this series are:
- The Scottish Criminal Justice System: The Police
- The Scottish Criminal Justice System: The Public Prosecution System
- The Scottish Criminal Justice System: The Criminal Courts
- The Scottish Criminal Justice System: The Prison Service
- Children and the Scottish Criminal Justice System”
Office for National Statistics
Personal well-being in the UK: 2015 to 2016 – “Since 2011, we have asked personal well-being questions to adults in the UK, to better understand how they feel about their lives. This report presents headline results from the fifth year of data collection, covering the financial year ending March 2016, together with how things have changed over the 5 years.“
People who inject drugs: HIV and viral hepatitis monitoring – “The unlinked anonymous monitoring surveys of people who inject drugs (PWID) aim to measure the level of HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C in this population. They also monitor the levels of risk and protective behaviours in this population. The surveys provide data on people who inject psychoactive drugs (such as heroin) and also on people who inject image and performance enhancing drugs (IPEDs).“
UK armed forces biannual diversity statistics: 2016 – “This is a biannual publication containing statistics on diversity declaration and representation of protected characteristics for military personnel employed by the Ministry of Defence.
Diversity statistics replaces a number of previous MOD tri-service publications including the Diversity Dashboard, Annual Personnel Report, Quarterly Personnel Report, Maternity Report, TSP7 UK reserve forces and cadets strengths and the Personnel Bulletin 2.01.“
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